Fix locks, sinks, and whatever else is broken on your employer's property.

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Salary Range
$21,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Handymen do?

A Handyman possesses a big tool belt and an even bigger store of knowledge. When you’re a Handyman, your days are spent working for others, taking care of repair and maintenance jobs around their house or yard.

You do everything from fixing a leaky sink, clogged toilet, broken drain, or collapsed deck, to installing a new floor, painting a ceiling, or cleaning a dryer vent. A Handyman is an all-around guy, unlike, say, an Electrician, whose job is more specialized. So you know many things, but tend to not have a deep knowledge about any one. Although you probably know how to replace burnt out bulbs, chances are you won’t be able to completely rewire a bathroom.

Before you begin any job, you talk to your customer first and find out exactly what they want and how they want it done. So you need good communication skills. You then break down the job, explaining each step of the process and the different options they can choose from.

Say you’ve been hired to work on the outside of a rundown house. You can clean gutters, install or fix a sprinkler system, lay grass seed, pressure wash the house, or even hang or remove Christmas lights. Each of these tasks takes a varying amount of time and costs a different amount, so you discuss that with your customer. By working with them, you’ll be able to tell exactly what they want done to make their house look it’s best.

Should I be a Handyman?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Handy Man, Kilnman, Oreman

    How to become a Handyman

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